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Ceremony Aug. 10
WSU research inducted into wine hall of fame
Monday, Aug. 6, 2012
PROSSER, Wash. – Washington State University Research winemaker George Carter, who worked side-by-side with Washington viticultural pioneer and WSU horticulturist Walter Clore, is the 2012 inductee into the Legends of Washington Wine Hall of Fame. The Walter Clore Wine and Culinary will honor Carter during the Legends of Washington Wine gala slated for 6:30 p.m., Friday, Aug. 10, at the Clore Center in Prosser.
Carter graduated from University of California Los Angeles in 1935 with a bachelor's of science in chemistry and took graduate courses at both University California Berkeley and WSU. With his background as a chemist, Carter made wine from more than 100 grape varietals planted by Clore throughout the state. Together, Carter and Clore transformed the state's wine industry. They proved that grapes grown in Washington could produce world-class wines.
As part of his work and research, Carter developed a system for classifying American, European, and hybrid grape varietals. Carter retired in 1977. In recognition of his wine making accomplishments, Carter was elevated to Supreme Knight in the International Brotherhood of the Knights of the Vine.
Carter and Clore became fast friends and traveled together to some of the world's best known wine and grape growing regions. When dining, they were known to ask for Washington wines and demand that they be added to the establishment's wine list.
A George and Susan Carter scholarship has been established with the Washington State Wine Industry Foundation that will provide yearly scholarships to individuals who pursue education in wine making or enology. For more information, go to the Washington Wine Foundation website.